Born and raised in Dublin, Joe Woolhead has been living in New York City for over 27 years. Initially, he worked in construction as a laborer, painter, plasterer and stone mason. After a serious accident in 1996, he returned to college and rediscovered his passion for creative arts, particularly poetry and photography. He pursued his studies at Hunter College where he graduated with a degree in film. When the attacks happened on September 11th 2001, he grabbed his camera and shot what he witnessed over the course of three days. His photographs from that time were published all over the world.
In 2004, Joe began working with Silverstein Properties, his main focus being the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. In 2006, he also started work at the 9.11 Memorial documenting the construction of the museum and the memorial pools. At present, he continues to photograph the progress of work at World Trade Center.
Joe’s work has been published in numerous publications including the Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Esquire, the New Yorker, Time Magazine, New York Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle and the Sunday Times. He has also been featured in several documentaries including Garry Keane’s The Irish New Yorkers (Gaeil Nua Eabhrac) and Sean O’Cualain’s Men at Lunch (Lon sa Speir). Currently, he is working on several books, including one with Esquire as part of a long running series related to the World Trade Center.